There's no stopping Pablo Sandoval as he hit his third home run, a fifth-inning shot to center field off reliever Al Alburquerque, in as many plate appearances to give the San Francisco Giants a commanding 6-0 lead over the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series at AT&T park in San Francisco. The score is now 6-1.
Sandoval belted his second home run off Tigers ace Justin Verlander with a 379-ft., two-run shot that plated Marco Scutaro and gave the San Francisco Giants a 4-0 lead. The lively bat of Sandoval almost singlehandedly chased Verlander from the game after just four innings of work.
The Giants broke the game open in the bottom of the third inning behind Sandoval's two-RBI shot and added RBIs from Scuatro and starting pitcher Barry Zito on run-scoring singles.
Zito has been masterful on the mound, pitching five innings of shutout ball, allowing just four hits and striking out three with just one walk.